For the first time in its 75-year-old history, gentlemanly lit-and-fashion mag Esquire will endorse a presidential candidate. In the coming November issue, hitting stands two weeks before election day, the editors endorse Barack Obama. The mag heralds Obama as “the only possible choice to lead the country.” The endorsement also slams John McCain, Sarah Palin, and the Bush Administration, saying McCain’s campaign is “cheap” and “dishonorable,” Palin is “stunningly unqualified,” and that “Bushism must be ripped out, root and branch, everywhere it has been established, or else the presidential election of 2008 is a worthless exercise in futility … a continuation of the Bush era is simply unthinkable.”
Esquire’s relationship with Obama stems from a photo shoot last spring for June’s cover. “We thought this election would be a serious fight over the future of this country,” reads the subhed. “But only one candidate showed up.” Vibe, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone have also endorsed Obama.